Ever started planning a trip under 2 months out?

Discussion in 'DIS Dads' started by Magnumwill, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Magnumwill

    Magnumwill Earning My Ears

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    This is the first trip my wife and I are planning to WDW, we both went as kids and we decided it is time to take our 4 year old daughter. We were originally planning a longer trip to Hawaii but things changed and so did our plans. She got the wild hair for us to go to WDW something we were actually looking at doing in 2019 for the first trip with her. The only thing is we are trying to plan it for the middle of June 12-16.

    My question to you is has anyone ever book and figured out their WDW trip in less than 2 months and been successful with it and where to start? There are so many options especially to a first timer that we are both getting overwhelmed...

    We were looking at a moderate resort then I came across the option of renting DVC points. Is it even worth looking at renting DVC points and finding a room that way or just sticking with booking direct with Disney? I am a value driven person so trying to get the best bang for our buck.
     
  2. 1911

    1911 Mouseketeer

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    I did it our first trip, had a TA book the resort and tickets.This was pre-magic band when less advance planning was needed.we just freestyled it,no ADRs or "touring plan".We stumbled around a bit not knowing anything about the world but we still had a good time. The downside was the cost of airfare booking a flight with a short lead time.
     
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  4. marcyleecorgan

    marcyleecorgan DIS Veteran

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    Yes.... I had to plan at 19 days out for our first trip...
     
  5. cj9200

    cj9200 DIS Dad #412

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    All doable but you should get a lot of things done fast. It is probably too late to rent DVC points and get a room. If DVC rooms are still available, choices will be limited. There are a number of brokers out there and you can ask them to check it out. Any of the moderates are great, my personal preference is Port Orleans French Quarter. If there is a meal(s) you particularly want to try, book an ADR(s) quickly. Same goes for fast passes but you need to have either your tickets or a voucher to get them. All that can be done through the My Disney Experience https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience/ Also check the web to see if Disney is offering any discounts or incentives. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can always contact a travel agent that specializes in Disney. You might also want to invest in a Disney guide to give you some basic information.


    Take a deep breath and don’t worry. Get some advance planning done and if you have to wing it, you are still at Disney.
     
  6. Magnumwill

    Magnumwill Earning My Ears

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    Was able to find DVC points and booked a block of rooms at SSR, flights booked and actually found reservations for dinner 3 of the four nights even though they are not ideal times. We have an idea of the parks to visit and what days so now figuring out how we want to attack each day. Right now we are planning on relaxing on our arrival day and exploring, day two hitting up AK then day 3 and 4 at MK with our last day walking around DD then catching an afternoon flight home. Still a lot more planning but becoming easier by the minute as things to do get checked off the list.
     
  7. cj9200

    cj9200 DIS Dad #412

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    Excellent. Glad you got into SSR and you have a great plan there. Where are your ADR's? You can always keep checking to see if you can get better times for dinner as reservations are canceled. Don't forget Fast Passes if you haven't already gotten them. In the MK, lines at Peter Pan and Pooh build fast. You probably know already but in case you don't, you can take advantage of the baby swap if mom and dad want to ride more thrilling rides. Just ask a CM at the attraction how to do it. If you do those rides, check and see if there is a single rider line which in many cases is faster. Grab an autograph book and make sure you have plenty of memory sticks for the camera. Have a blast.
     
  8. BobbyDukes

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    I was on vacation being rained out in Tampa and my wife decided to go to WDW for three days. Literally called Disney while packing. Got set up at the POP and got my tickets. We had such an amazing time. We were able to do anything we wanted.
     
  9. NewEnglandDisneyDad

    NewEnglandDisneyDad Earning My Ears

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    Just be sure to get your FastPasses as soon as you can. We lost a lot of time when we didn't complete that quickly enough.
     
  10. Gary2T

    Gary2T Earning My Ears

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    I planned our trip two years ago in under 14 days. For ADRs, check out the reservation finder on the Touring Plans website. We got all of the reservations we wanted (eventually) using that tool and being quick when the notification came in. Even BOG dinner and OHana.

    Since you are staying at SSR, keep in mind that some Disney Springs restaurants take reservations outside of the Disney ADR system and may have much better availability. Check them out on Open Table too (Boathouse, Ragland Road, Morimoto, Terralina, Edison and more).

    If you want to go to T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe consider getting a Landry’s Select member card online now. No reservations required, just show the card and get seated within 5-10 minutes tops. Costs $25 but you get a $25 credit the first time you dine. Also works at Yak N Yeti in AK.
     
  11. MantaRider

    MantaRider Earning My Ears

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    How's your planning been going? I'd be glad to chip in some more advice if you needed it, we're obsessed with planning for World.
     

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